Cuba elected member of PAHO Executive Committee

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Havana, Sept 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba was elected today, along with Suriname and Brazil, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), despite the United States’ obstacles Cuba was elected today, along with Suriname and Brazil, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), despite the United States to prevent such recognition of the island’s achievements.

In a crude maneuver, Kristen Pisani, director of Economics and Development at the U.S. Department of State, spoke at the 58th annual meeting of PAHO’s Board of Directors to categorically oppose Cuba’s candidacy.

The White House representative reiterated the lies and accusations that make up the campaign that her country’s government has been developing for months to try to link Cuba’s international medical cooperation with human trafficking.

In her words she also incorporated the questioning of the Mas Médicos program for Brazil, and stated that the election of the largest of the Antilles would be offensive and could undermine the principles of the Pan American Health Organization.

Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Public Health, Marcia Cobas, rejected the State Department official’s accusations and said it was regrettable that the U.S. government was once again repeating these falsehoods.

The Cuban vice minister defended the island’s right to be elected to the Executive Committee, and described as disrespectful and immoral the attempt to link human trafficking with the noble work of Cuban medical personnel, who, she emphasized, ‘perform voluntarily and usually go to places where other health services do not reach’.

Cobas mentioned the existence of a fund of three million dollars that the US government has dedicated to the purchase of false testimonies, which try to document the illegitimate accusations against Cuba’s cooperation. With the same purpose of sabotaging cooperation programs, these funds are accompanied by pressures and incentives such as the granting of visas.

In her brief but forceful reply, the Cuban official recalled that her country’s international cooperation has been recognized in various parts of the world, including international entities such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations.

She also described the United States campaign as despicable and worthy of international condemnation, while arguing the remarkable results of the More Doctors for Brazil program.

In this regard, he stressed that this project has been attacked, politicized and used as a pretext for an external review, imposed by Washington through financial blackmail to the PAHO, as denounced yesterday by the Cuban Minister of Health, José Ángel Portal, on the opening day of the meeting.

After Cuba’s reply, the Board of Directors approved the resolution to elect the three candidates, thus rejecting the desperate US maneuver, leaving that nation totally isolated in its aggression against Cuba.

At the end of the day, the Cuban delegation’s proposals to reinforce the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the resolution on the Covid-19 pandemic in the Americas region were approved.

During the two days of sessions of the 58th Directing Council of PAHO, several member States thanked and recognized Cuba for its cooperation in the area of health.

(Taken from PL)

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